Like you, we're still feeling our way through Microsoft Windows Phone 7, and what it means for smartphone users. From what we've tried out so far, here are twenty apps that should be worth the download. If you're a new of the OS, the following should prove useful at best, and entertaining time-wasters at worst.
Take note that we intentionally limited this rundown to free apps, and that we're also open to your suggestions. If you think we've missed an important app here, feel free to recommend it in the comments.
Like many other top-down space-shooter games, Impossible Shoota keeps it simple. You don’t even have to push a button to fire! Tilt the phone to the left or right to dodge enemy fire, and teleport away from dangerous crowds by tapping on the screen. Grabbing the orbs that appear with each enemy death levels you up, and makes more powerful level ups available. How long can you, the last survivor of your defeated race, last against endless waves of enemies?
Unless you want to miss out on what your friends and family are doing on the popular social networking site, the official Facebook Windows Phone 7 app is a must-have. Then again, if you’d rather spend your time interacting without the filters (or misleaders) of the online world, give this app the pass.
Here’s another “must-have” app for avid netizens, specifically those who want to stay on top of their favorite producers of 140-character snippets of wisdom. Seesmic goes beyond the official Twitter Windows Phone 7 client. It lets users manage multiple Twitter accounts, follow conversations, and remain aware of trending topics.
Face it: those pesky Europeans (or the rest of the world for that matter) will never drop that damned metric system. So if you need to convert meters into feet, or cubic centimeters into liters, Unit Converter can do it for you. This app can also save a list of “favorites”, and let users save frequently used conversions.
How high can you jump? In Omi Jump Free, you guide a cutesy character through a series of platforms. Land on them and you continue jumping up, while bumping into lurking enemies can end your upward journey quickly. Controlling Omi is a simple matter of tilting your Windows Phone 7 smartphone to the left or right. Even better, the game supports multiplayer action via Bluetooth!
More a time-waster for a crowd of two than anything else, Air Hockey attempts to simulate the arcade staple. Players position their mallets by dragging their fingers on their respective screens, to deflect the puck into their opponent’s goal. Multiplayer action is conducted over Wi-Fi. The only caveat? There’s no single-player mode.
Any kind of online experience demands access to useless cat videos, the latest auto-tuned pop MTVs, and hilarious “fail” movies appealing to our collective schadenfreude (a fancy German way of saying “pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others”). The official YouTube client for Windows Phone 7 ensures this.